Three ACC Wrestlers Reach National Championship Matches
Friday March 21, 2014
Virginia Tech’s Devin Carter, Maryland’s Jimmy Sheptock and NC State’s Nick Gwiazdowski All Wrestle for National Titles on Saturday.
GREENSBORO, NC—Three Atlantic Coast Conference wrestlers have reached the championship finals of their weight classes and will be wrestling for national titles Saturday at the 84th NCAA Wrestling Championship in Oklahoma City, Okla
Virginia Tech’s Devin Carter (Christiansburg, Va.), the Most Valuable Wrestler of the ACC Tournament two weeks ago, reached the finals of the 141-pound weight class. Carter recorded a major decision over North Carolina’s Evan Henderson, 12-3, in the semifinals to become the first wrestler in Tech history to reach the finals. He will face 2nd-seeded Logan Stieber of Ohio State for the national championship on Saturday. He will carry a 22-0 record into the championship despite missing two months of the season with a hamstring injury which required surgery.
Maryland’s Jimmy Sheptock (Northampton, Pa.) became the second ACC wrestler to reach the finals in this year’s championships when he downed 13th-seed Jack Dechow of Old Dominion, 3-2 in the semfinals. Sheptock, the top seed at 184 with a 36-0 record on the season, will face 2nd-seeded Edward Ruth of Penn State (37-1) in the championship final.
NC State’s Nick Gwiazdowski (Delanson, N.Y.), the second seed in the heavyweight division, who became the third ACC wrestler to make the championship finals when he defeated 3rd-seeded Adam Chalfant of Indiana, 5-4. Gwiazdowski, who is 46-2 on the year, will face top seeded Tony Nelson of Minnesota in the championship finals on Saturday.
Additionally, third-seeded Nick Sulzer (Cleveland, Ohio) of Virginia reached the semifinals before dropping a 5-0 decision to 2nd-seeded Tyler Caldwell of Oklahoma State. Sulzer will face Gabe Moreno of Iowa State in the wrestlebacks on Saturday for a chance to wrestle for third place.
Virginia Tech’s Chris Penny and Duke’s Conner Hartmann are each wrestling on Saturday in the consolation bracket for 197-pounds. Penny (Virginia Beach, Va.) will face 5th-seeded Kyvien Gadson of Iowa State, while Hartmann will battle 4th-seeded Scott Schiller of Minnesota. The winners of both matches will meet for 3rd-place honors.
Virginia Tech’s Joey Dance will face 5th-seeded Dylan Peters of UNI to wrestle for a chance at the third-place match on Saturday in the 125-pound class.
North Carolina’s Evan Henderson, who lost to Carter in the 141-pound semifinals, will face 11th-seeded Joey Lazor of UNI Saturday, for a chance to wrestle for third place.
The ACC has had three individual NCAA champions ion the same year only once in its history in 1993. That year, Sam Henson of Clemson (118), T.J. Jaworsky of North Carolina (134) and Sylvester Terkay of NC State (Heavyweight) all captured individual titles.